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My Mission:

My mission is to bring people and ideas together, share strategic energy, and press the play button. I’m a connector, an energy builder, and a method seeker.

My Location:

I am a cisgender male, white, lower-middle class, late 30s, able-bodied, Christian, straight, natural-born citizen of the United States. This is the place from which I read, write, think, pray, and wonder. Please remember this when engaging me, and tell me about yourself so we can engage in the healthiest ways possible.

My Identity:

I’m a husband, father, and United Methodist pastor in Minneapolis, MN.

I go on adventures with my wife, make up songs and dance routines with our daughters, write in the morning, read audio books in the car, play the ukulele ‘round the campfire, save the universe on PlayStation 4, go geocaching across the nation, drink a good light roast, return to Stephen King’s On Writing every August, and have Raiders of the Lost Ark memorized, sound effects and all. I have faith God creates something new in us every day, Jesus is at the heart of relationship, and the Holy Spirit is with, for, and ahead of us on each step of the journey.

I’m an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and am appointed as the Associate Pastor of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (2014-present). I hold a BA in Film Studies (University of Minnesota, 2002), an MFA in Creative Writing (Minnesota State University – Mankato, 2008), and an M.Div (Luther Seminary, 2014). I’m the Dean of LYFE Camp and a council member of the Dakota-Minnesota Area Camp and Retreat Council. Before entering full-time ministry, I worked in higher education in residential life, student life, and as English faculty. I create and facilitate improv leadership labs for nonprofits, secular and religious, and have performed at a dozen improv festivals. I also make the best cream cheese wontons on the planet.

This blog represents my thoughts only. I do not speak for any person or entity but me.

Thank you for reading,
Nate Melcher

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